Four schools have been given the go-ahead to create sixth forms.

The Epping Forest District Sixth Form Consortium, including Roding Valley High School, Debden Park High School, both in Loughton, King Harold Business and Enterprise Academy in Waltham Abbey and Epping St John’s School, will teach 16 to 18-year-olds from September 2015.

The submission to the Department for Education was approved after it was lodged in March earlier this year.

The new arrangements will offer 594 places across the four schools and Debden Park, Roding Valley and Epping St John’s will build an additional six classrooms for the 2017/18 academic year.